Patterns of domestic migrations and access to childhood cancer care centres in Italy: A report from the hospital based registry of the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (AIEOP)

Elisa Dama, Roberto Rondelli, Marisa De Rosa, Maurizio Aricò, Modesto Carli, Franca Fossati Bellani, Corrado Magnani, Franco Merletti, Guido Pastore, Andrea Pession

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Abstract

Tertiary care centres, grouped in the Italian Association of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology (AIEOP) are unevenly distributed across the country. In an attempt to describe their perceived efficacy, we matched the residence and the location of the treatment centre in 18,441 patients aged ≤15 years treated in the AIEOP network between 1989 and 2005. Overall, centres located in the central and southern regions were less appealing than those located in the North, although this trend decreased over the study period. Patients with solid tumours migrated more frequently than those with leukaemia or lymphoma. Information resulting from better knowledge of the non-random migrations for treatment of children with cancer will be useful to refine planning of the national paediatric haematology-oncology network with social and economic implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2101-2105
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Volume44
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

Keywords

  • Care access
  • Childhood cancer
  • Italy
  • Specialised cancer centres

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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